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Rugby Australia welcomes PacificAus Sports funding to support Fiji Rugby Union

Rugby Australia welcomes PacificAus Sports funding to support Fiji Rugby Union
June 28, 2021

The Australian Government’s recent announcement of PacificAus Sports funding to support Fiji Rugby Union’s high-performance programs has been welcomed by Rugby Australia.  

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne, announced funding to support Fiji Rugby Union in establishing teams that are capable of entering both the Harvey Norman Super Rugby and the Buildcorp Super W seasons as early as 2022.

Rugby Australia Chief Executive Andy Marinos advised “we would like to thank the Australian Government for its commitment to furthering the development of Rugby in our region and for their support of this weekend’s PacificAus Sports Oceania Rugby Sevens tournament in Townsville.

“We have had the privilege of working with the Australian Government on a number of initiatives through the PacificAus Sports program. It is a powerful tool to aid development pathways in the Pacific.

“Rugby is a huge part of the Fijian way of life, so it is fitting that this funding will assist the Fiji Rugby Union in supporting its high-performance aspirations.”

Minister Payne said the partnership with Fiji Rugby Union, Rugby Australia and Oceania Rugby, will build new careers for generations of talent and attract investment to support Fiji’s response to the economic impact of COVID-19.

Minister Payne added “while the health security of our near neighbours remains a critical priority, sport will help facilitate the region’s cultural and economic recovery and help our countries stay connected.

“Pacific nations have some of the most passionate rugby communities in the world and we want to see their talent showcased on the world stage.”

The Australian Government has also aided Fiji’s Olympic preparations, supporting their men’s and women’s teams to participate in this weekend’s PacificAus Sports Oceania Rugby Sevens at Townsville’s Queensland Country Bank Stadium.

The tournament, supported by the Australian Government, Queensland Government and Townsville City Council, forms a key part of preparations for Australia, Fiji and New Zealand ahead of the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

PacificAus Sports aims to build sustainable, elite sport pathways between Australia and the Pacific, with at least half of programmed activities supporting women and girls in sport.

 

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